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Saturday, September 30, 2006
  Bush likes to "string them by up the thumbs," new book says

U.S. President George Bush has always said he doesn't approve of torture but of course it's dependent on how one defines torture or "interrogation methods."

Now, if the quote is accurate, comes word that perhaps Bush does approve--and not only for terrorists but leakers as well.

I found the quote in Saturday's Globe and Mail in Neil Reynold's review of Eddie Goldenberg's just published inside Ottawa book, The Way it Works.
(Reviews and other copy usually available for about two weeks on the Globe site after posting).

(For those readers of this blog outside Canada, Goldenberg was the key political advisor to former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Not exactly Karl Rove, but you get the idea).

In the review, Reynolds says:

Goldenberg is most personally engaged...when he describes Chrétien's post-9/11 sessions with U.S. President George W. Bush, understanding that his boss's decision to decline a role in Iraq -- whether ultimately right or ultimately wrong -- would define Chrétien's foreign-policy legacy. He is as candid here, portraying the "West Texan," as he is elsewhere reserved. "If I catch anyone who leaks in my government," Bush tells Chrétien in March, 2002, "I would like to string them up by the thumbs -- the same way we do with prisoners in Guantanamo."

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